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Sentara Hearing & Balance Center
(866) 413-9584
1950 Glenn Mitchell Dr Ste 310
Virginia Beach, VA
Services
Comprehensive hearing examinations, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, tinnitus evaluations, and balance testing.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Virginia Hearing Consultants
(757) 301-4226
241 Corporate Blvd Ste 150
Norfolk, VA
Services
Clinical Services: Hearing evaluation (pediatric and adult) by licensed, doctorate level audiologists. Hearing aid evaluation and selection based on your individual needs. Hearing assistance technology evaluations.Dispensing Services: Digital hearing aids, all styles from major manufacturers such as Widex, Oticon and Phonak. Complete Hearing Healthcare Package including free batteries, hearing aid cleaning, and hearing tests. Effective communication strategy counseling for indi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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advanced hearing services
(703) 539-5041
8316 Arlington Blvd Ste 330
Fairfax, VA
Services
Full audiological evaluations for children and adults. Full hearing aid avalutions, sales and service of multiple manufacturers.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5163
5501 Patterson Ave Ste 100
Richmond, VA
Services
Hearing Clinics of Virginia is an independent group audiology practice with offices across the Richmond area. Our audiologists all hold advanced degrees in audiology and collectively have over 100 years of clinical HCVA experience in Central Virginia.
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Evaluation And Noise
(757) 847-9211
802 Lockwood Ave Ste C
Newport News, VA
Services
Our expert staff at Dr. Hecker & Associates provides services that include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing aids may be utilized to help compensate for hearing loss.Hearing TestingIf hearing loss is suspected, an appointment with one of our certified Audiologists should be made for the purposes of testing and evaluation.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Systems
(757) 337-4103
5441 Virginia Beach Blvd Ste 112
Virginia Beach, VA
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 01:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Chesapeake Hearing Association
(757) 512-7927
500 Independence Pkwy Ste 100
Chesapeake, VA
Services
Allergey testingHearing TestingImmuno therapybalance Testing
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Assoc
(540) 204-9216
2155 Electric Rd Ste C
Roanoke, VA
Services
Audiological EvaluationHearing Aid Evaluations and FittingsIn-office hearing aid demonstrationsTympanometryOtoacoustic Emission Measures (OAE)Visual Speech Mapping (VSM)
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SundayClosed
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Culpeper Hearing Center LLC
(540) 212-7035
691 Laurel St Ste 202
Culpeper, VA
Services
Culpeper Hearing Center is a patient centered practice - we provide services that diagnosis and treat hearing loss. Services provided: Full auditory diagnostic evaluations for all ages (newborns - adults) include basic audiometry, middle ear analysis, otoacoustic emissions, central auditory processing testing. In additional, Cerumen removal; Hearing Aid / Hearing Device consultation and fittings; Real Ear Measurements and Visible Speech Mapping; Hearing Aid Repair; earmolds for hearing aids
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday01:30 PM - 06:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing
(703) 537-5486
1850 Town Center Pkwy Ste 305
Reston, VA
Services
For your convenience, we provide complete hearing evaluation services at three locations. Our audiologists are supported by the latest diagnostic technology including sound-proof testing suites and state-of-the-art audiometers. All offices are fully equipped to provide a complete range of audiology services to patients of all ages, infant through geriatrics.During your visit, the audiologist will discuss your communication concerns, needs and expectations and complete a thorough case history. If
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Air-Bone Gap - What’s That?

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man wrote:

After three years of badgering, (and constant reminders that I was getting tired of repeating myself) my 84 year old aunt finally went to an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Upon finishing the audiogram, she was told to go see an ENT, in order to have her “Air-Bone Gap” evaluated. I’ve never heard of an air-bone gap before. What the Sam Hill is it anyway?

Good question. The reason for this strange and oxymoronic-sounding term, and the cause of your confusion, is that this term is really just a contraction audiologists use instead of saying, “The results of your air-conduction hearing tests and the results of your bone-conduction hearing tests don’t match each other because your air-conduction tests gave much poorer results than your bone-conduction tests.”

The difference (or gap) between these two lines plotted on your audiogram is the air [conduction] – bone [conduction] gap or air- bone gap for short. For example, if your audiogram showed an air- conduction hearing loss of 70 dB while your bone-conduction test results only showed a 40 dB hearing loss for a given test frequency, then the difference between them in this case would be an air-bone gap of 30 dB (70 – 40 = 30).

In case you are interested, air-conduction tests evaluate your ability to hear sounds traveling through the air in your ear canals, then vibrating your ear drums, which in turn vibrate the three tiny bones in your middle ears and then transmit these vibrations via the oval window to your cochlea.

In contrast, bone-conduction tests evaluate your hearing by placing a bone oscillator (vibrator) on the mastoid bone behind your ear. This directly vibrates your skull and thus your cochlea, which is embedded in your skull - thus effectively bypassing your ear canal, ear drum and middle ear bones.

If there is a difference between the air-conduction and bone- conduction test results, this indicates problems somewhere in your outer or middle ears. This could be something such as wax (or “junk”) in your ear canal blocking incoming sounds, a hole or other problem in your eardrum, fluid in your middle ear, damage to your middle ear bones (for example—otosclerosis), etc.

That is why if there is an air-bone gap you typically want to see an ear specialist to find out why. The good news is that often these kinds of problems can be fixed by an ear specialist...

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